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Tesla S Model Driver killed as Self driving Tesla S Model has it’s first crash while in autopilot mode: ‘self-driving’ car failed to detect a semi truck cutting into it’s path

Manufacturer confirms first known death in over 130 million miles of autopilot operation of Model S

former Navy seal Joshua D. Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio,  dies in crash as Tesla S slammed into the bottom of the semi-truck, windshield-first while in autopilot mode

Tesla’s autopilot failed to detect or apply brakes as semi made a left turn, crossing in front of electric car

U.S. regulators still investigating  whether the system worked as expected

    The first-ever fatality in an auto-piloted automobile occurred nearly two months ago when a Tesla Model S in “Autopilot” mode crashed into the side of a turning semi-truck, when it’s autopilot system died mid-stream while navigating highway traffic.
    The collision happened on May 7 in Williston, Florida, as confirmed by U.S. regulators and the car company Thursday afternoon. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigating of the design and performance of Tesla’s system.
    According to AP reports, the Autopiloted Model S ran into the side of the truck as it was making a left turn at the intersection of a divided highway where there was no traffic light. The truck crossed in front of the electric sports car and the Autopilot system failed to apply its brakes.
    The Tesla driver, Joshua D. Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, slammed into the bottom of the truck’s tractor-trailer windshield-first. Brown, a former Navy SEAL, later died of injuries suffered during the crash.

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    Tesla Model S is shown in autopilot mode

    Tesla said on its website neither the driver nor the autopilot sensors noticed the white side of the trailer, which was perpendicular to the Model S, against the brightly lit sky, and neither applied the brakes.
    “The high ride height of the trailer combined with its positioning across the road and the extremely rare circumstances of the impact caused the Model S to pass under the trailer,” the company said. The windshield of the Model S collided with the bottom of the trailer.
    Thursday, Tesla published a blog posted titled “A Tragic Loss” on teslamotors.com expressing condolences to the Brown’s family, highlighting the uniqueness of the situation that caused his death. According to the manufacturer, the semi was illuminated by a brightly lit sky, making it difficult for both Brown and the car’s Autopilot system to detect it in time.

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    Tesla maintains that had the car hit the trailer head-on from the front or rear, the safety systems would have worked more efficiently. The  accident was described as having occurred under “extremely rare circumstances.” while emphasizing that the Autopilot system is merely an “assist feature,”  still in it’s beta testing stage.
    The company said the accident led to the first known death in over 130 million miles of autopilot operation. It said the NHTSA investigation is a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the system worked as expected.

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    $4bn USS Zumwalt: US navy takes charge of largest destroyer with qualities like pummeling enemies 100 miles away and tricking radar into thinking it’s a fishing boat

    The US navy is ready to take ownership of the Zumwalt, its largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer.

    Sailors’ uniforms and personal effects, supplies and spare parts are being moved aboard the 610-foot (186m) warship in anticipation of crew members taking on their new charge, said the destroyer’s skipper.

    The Zumwalt is the first new class of warship built at Bath Iron Works since the Arleigh Burke slid into the Kennebec river in 1989. The shipyard is expected to turn the destroyer over to the navy this week.

    “We’ve overcome lots of obstacles to get to this point,” said electrician John Upham, of Litchfield. “I think everybody in the shipyard is proud of the work we’ve done.”

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    The ship features an angular shape that makes it 50 times more difficult to detect on radar; it’s powered by electricity produced by turbines similar to those in a Boeing 777; new guns are designed to pummel targets from nearly 100 miles away (160kms). Advanced automation will allow the big ship to operate with a much smaller crew than on current generation of destroyers.

    The final cost of the Zumwalt is expected to be at least $4.4bn.

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